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Referee Promotion Window Now Open

Want to aspire to be a Level 6, Level 5, Level 4 Referee or beyond?

The Referee promotion scheme operates from 1st March to 28th February. 

All promotion applications must be received by 28th February. Any application for promotion received after this date will not be considered.

Promotion Routeways


Level T (Previously Level 9) Trainee Referee
Level Y (Youth) Youth Referee (Under 16) 
Level 7 Junior referees: Referees aged 16+
Level 6 County Referees 
Level 5 Senior County Referees
Level 4 Referee on a Supply League (e.g. Hellenic League, Spartan South Midlands League). In addition, Level 4 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on the Contributory Leagues (e.g. Southern League, Isthmian League).
Promotion to Level 4 and above will be administered by The FA.

A Level 7 referee wishing to apply for promotion for the first time must first ensure that they have officiated as a referee in a minimum of 20 games (a minimum of 14 must be in adult matches) in one registration period before applying. Before applying for promotion please ensure you have reviewed the promotion criteria and read the promotion scheme applicants information. 

If you are already on the promotion scheme, you should still apply for next season and the relevant action will then be taken once the outcome of your current promotion application is known.

Following the closure of the promotion application window on 1st March, all match officials who meet the criteria will then be contacted with confirmation of their place on the promotion scheme, along with the necessary details of the scheduled in-service training seminar dates.

To apply for promotion and book onto the relevant seminar please click here: Referee Promotion Scheme Booklet

If you have any questions regarding the promotion scheme please contact our Referee Development Officer Lisa Benn on 01235 558455 or  


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